U-Haul acquires storage facility

U-Haul has acquired the former A Storage for U facility at 8415 Greenwell Springs Road.

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Greenwell Springs Road features 10 buildings with 60,000 square feet of storage space.

The facility, about eight miles from LSU, has 346 outdoor drive-up storage units and 136 indoor units, including 50 climate-controlled units. The U-Haul store also offers truck and trailer rentals, towing equipment, moving supplies, boxes and other supplies.

“Before U-Haul took over this property, we had only 55 U-Haul-owned storage units in Baton Rouge,” said Patrick Allen, president of U-Haul Co. of Southern Louisiana. “This acquisition now truly puts us in the storage business here.”

Upgrades are being completed at the facility.

“We are increasing the lighting, upgrading security with new cameras and remodeling the front office,” general manager Derek Edens said.

Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The phone number is (225) 424-5995 and website is uhaul.com.

Chamber selling tickets for networking event

Registration has begun for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s third annual Around the Table event being held April 28, with ticket sales closing on April 7.

The event places 225 participants in private homes around the community for an evening of conversation and connections in the setting of home dinner parties. Community leaders volunteer as hosts. BRAC randomly assigns guests to host homes with the goal of forging new connections within the community.

“This event is an annual reminder of the power of connection and conversation in building a community to be proud of,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC.

Participants can register at www.brac.org/events.

Assisted living center opens on Jones Creek

Garden View Assisted Living has opened at 3130 Jones Creek Road.

Owners include Travis Godley, Diana Ijames, Diane and Terry Crochet, Dr. Jimmy Ponder Jr. and Randy Crochet III.

The phone number is (225) 706-0037.

LGMC expands women’s, children’s department

Lafayette General Medical Center has added 19 beds in its expanded Women’s and Children’s Services Department.

The renovated portion of the hospital adds 11,000 square feet to the department for a total 53,639 square feet dedicated to maternity and newborn services.

The expansion added seven beds to the mother-baby suites for a total of 31; six beds to the labor and delivery area for a total of 21 beds and three new exam rooms; six beds to the neonatal intensive care unit for a total of 31 beds; and a new nursery. An additional elevator was added to the front lobby.

Business building workshop Tuesday

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” is being held by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing your options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Register at batonrougearea.score.org.

Structural Group gains Topcor operating units

Structural Group Inc. has acquired four of the operating units within Baton Rouge-based Topcor Cos. LLC group through an asset acquisition.

Those companies are Topcor Services LLC, Topcor Offshore LLC, Topcor Augusta LLC and Topcor Mechanical LLC.

Two remaining Topcor Cos. entities — US Fusion LLC and US Railroad LLC — will continue to operate separately and not be associated with Structural Group.

Founded in 1989, Topcor provides structural restoration and protection services to the chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, power, municipal and federal markets, with more than 230 technicians. Structural’s strength is in the refining industry.

“Their ability to integrate technologies engineering and construction is a great added benefit to Topcor’s specialized contracting service,“ said James Baker, CEO and founder of Topcor Companies.

Baker will serve as vice president of a new division that will include the previous Topcor offices in Baton Rouge, Augusta, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Structural’s Baton Rouge office.

Structural has other offices in Houston and Lake Charles.

“Topcor will increase our capabilities, resources, and presence in the Gulf Coast and the southeastern region of the United States,” said Peter Emmons, president and CEO of Structural Group.

Seafood advocates get $50,000 grant

The Louisiana Restaurant Association has awarded the Gulf Seafood Institute a $50,000 grant to help advocate for Gulf seafood.

“Over the past couple of years, we have spent more time advocating for equitable fishing policies and improved data collection, things important for our industry to maintain its source of supply,” said Stan Harris, CEO of the association while on a trip to Capitol Hill with GSI members. “It became clear to us there was not a central point that we could go to work with the harvesters, to work with the charter-for-hire industry, as well as the chefs and distributors. GSI gives us the opportunity to be able to do that because it convened all these different voices to advocate in a positive manner.”

UnitedHealthcare pays physician bonuses

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana awarded more than $3.4 million in bonus payments to 249 physician practices statewide for improving the quality of care for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid plans.

Physicians earning bonuses met key quality measures during a six-month period in 2015. The measures included conducting preventive health screenings; helping patients become more informed and engaged in health care decisions; and focusing on quality performance measures, such as adolescent well visits, diabetic screenings and eye exams.

UnitedHealthcare operates as a Louisiana Medicaid managed care organization under the state Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bayou Health Medicaid program.